A stylistic holdover from the classic rock era dominated by Midwestern bands like Styx, Kansas, Head East and REO Speedwagon, Shooting Star played outmoded pomp-prog in the age of Talking Heads, the Clash and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.
Even so, Shooting Star songs including “Last Chance,” “Bring It On” and “Hang On For Your Life” were championed by radio stations like KSHE in St. Louis and KY102 in Kansas City.
I had a complicated professional relationship with McLain. He and I rarely saw eye-to-eye, but he always behaved honorably. He sings lead on the uncharacteristically poppy “You’ve Got What I Need”, my favorite Shooting Star song.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)